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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Treebs on 03-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

American Barleywine aged in old Woodford Reserve barrels.
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Clear deep persimmon body with a thin ring of tan froth on top. Lovely color, but nothing special overall.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted oak, spicy alcohol, and dark fruits. Big, bold, and enticing.

T: Emphasis is on the toffee sweetness and bourbony oak. Vanilla, treacle, and oak. Chewy marzipan and raisin finish. Warmth with no burn on the aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: Cream, full body. Luscious.

O: Great beer, and by far the best of the three barrel-aged offerings I got to try during my visit to Flossmoor; this one blew BA Finlaggin and BA ThunderSnow out of the water, and I was terribly disappointed to find that they weren't filling growlers.


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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, ruby, mahogany color with a small, off-white head. Scent is pretty damn good. Great bourbon aroma that is heavy on the dark fruits. Lots of raisin and figs. A little bit of leather with tobacco as well. Smells sweet, malty, and boozy. Taste is initially sweet with bourbon and vanilla...a bit of toffee. Some lovely dark fruit flavors, along with booze. Lots of raisin and fig flavors. More booze. Mouthfeel is sticky, full-bodied, and on the chewy side. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I didn't know what to expect from this beer, but it ended up impressing me. Not super complex, but very good bourbon and dark fruit flavors. A bit hot.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes, thanks to Justin for sharing!

Two separate pours into a rounded tumbler glass. Color was a tawny reddish orange with fine clarity, some spotty foam that clung to the sides of the glass.

Rich and sweet aroma, brown sugar and whiskey, dried fruits.

Boozy and sweet with flavors of bourbon, caramel malts and trace molasses. Viscous and sticky on the lips, it's just short of cloying. Potent in small doses and best shared. Didn't seem especially complex or nuanced, not bad at all, just not a favorite.

Draft at GTMW '13: A bit more melded and mellowed, super rich and sweet but a little more drinkable than the bottle.

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Barrel Aged Fireside Chat from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.